Niagara Gazette — Two weeks into his tenure as the Falls police superintendent, Bryan DalPorto sits in an office filled with half-unpacked boxes.
He tells a Gazette photographer there will be no pictures taken there until he’s finished settling in.
The new Cataract City top cop thinks he might finally get unpacked in another week or so. You see, he’s been a little busy since he became superintendent.
“Extremely busy,” DalPorto says with a bit of a chuckle. “But a lot of that is self-imposed.”
A 15-year Falls police veteran, DalPorto hasn’t hesitated to move fast to put his imprint on the department. He met with the department’s captains early last week to outline his vision for the force.
He’s also made an effort to speak with every one of his officers and detectives, attending platoon roll-calls and dropping in for investigator briefings.
“I make it a point to walk through (police headquarters) at least once a day and stop and talk to any of the officers I encounter,” DalPorto said.
The new superintendent has also made it clear he won’t be a 9-to-5, behind a desk chief.
“I was out the other night (around 9:30 p.m.) on patrol, and I backed up a car stop,” he said. “And I’m not out there to watch over (the officers). I’m out there to show my support and show them how much I appreciate what they do. When I took the (superintendent’s) job, I envisioned it being like this.”
A military commander with the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing at the Falls Air Reserve Station, DalPorto says his approach to commanding city cops is shaped by a U.S. Army hero.
“Always do everything you ask of those you command,” DalPorto said. “That was the motto of General George S. Patton and I believe in that.”